Most powerful women in entertainment revealed

Unknown Disney bigwig tops list of 100 most powerful women in entertainment

The 100 most powerful women in entertainment have been named, with the top spot nabbed by an relatively unknown Disney bigwig.

Anne Sweeney top this year's list, compiled by trade mag The Hollywood Reporter. She is the Co-Chairman of the Disney/ABC Television Group and Disney Media Networks President and won the award for the second year in a row.


Sweeney, 54, is responsible for the Mouse House's TV networks (including ABC News), local TV stations, radio networks and online partnerships (such as a deal with Yahoo!).

Despite running a huge slice of the Disney empire - which made $18.7 billion in revenue this year - married mother-of-two Sweeney still finds time to care for a child with autism.
High flyer... Anne Sweeney (© PA)
Movie mogul Amy Pascal is in second place. As Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment she oversaw box office hits such as 'The Smurfs', which has earned more than $540 million worldwide, and $20 million production 'Bad Teacher' - which made than $210 million.

She's also helped shepherd the likes of  'Spider-Man', 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and the 'James Bond' franchise to the big screen.


Some of the more recognisable entries appear further down the list. Movie star/chat show host-turned TV boss Oprah Winfrey is in at number 20, despite low viewing figures for her network.

The cast of smash-hit movie 'Bridesmaids' make an appearance at number 44. Star and co-writer Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper,Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne proved that "women were not only funny but could also write a damn funny movie".

'Bridesmaids' made $288 million - the highest box office takings of any Judd Apatow-produced movie.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment President Bonnie Hammer
is in at number three, President and CEO of A+E TV Abbe Raven comes in fourth, while 20th Century Fox TV Chairman Dana Walden is fifth.

THR's international list includes Christine Langan, the head of BBC Films and producer of ‘The Queen’; Alison Owen, producer of ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Temple Grandin’ (and mum of Lily Allen);  Tessa Ross, who heads up Film4; Ruth Harley - CEO of Screen Australia, and Alison Thompson, Co-President of Focus Features International.

They’ve also looked to the future - their women to watch in 2012’s Power 100 include Felicia Day, actress and creator of The Guild Web series; Chloe Sladden - who works in Media Partnerships at Twitter; President of the Style Network Salaam Coleman Smith; Meryl Poster - head of TV Programming at the Weinstein Company, and Nina Jacobsen, who’s producing ‘The Hunger Games’ movies.